January Events – NYC

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12 – 7:00 pm


Rainbow Railroad is thrilled to announce the Road to Freedom Literary Festival, centered around the theme that “storytelling helps heal humanity’s wounds.”

This new book festival will raise money for at-risk LGBTQ+ people.

On January 12, 2023, the Road to Freedom Literary Festival will contribute to that healing by bringing together prominent queer writers, and select beneficiaries of Rainbow Railroad, to share moving and inspiring stories taken from their personal ‘roads to freedom.’

A live, in-person event, the audience will be offered unique access to world-renowned queer authors as they share select readings from their literary works or personal journeys, while we here stories of LGBTQI+ freedom made possible through the incredible mission of Rainbow Railroad.


  • Chen Chen, Poet
  • Peter Staley, Author & HIV/AIDS Activist
  • Richie Hofmann, Poet
  • Nicole Dennis-Benn, Novelist
  • Torrey Peters, Novelist, and
  • Kimahli Powell, Executive Director, Rainbow Railroad

HOSTED BY: Richard C. Morais, Author & Journalist


  • John Berendt
  • John Brooks & Erik Eaker
  • Karen Haycox
  • Paul Lerner
  • Elle Moody
  • Kate Morais
  • Paul Solberg & Chris Makos
  • Sean Strub & Xavier Morales
  • Martin Duberman & Eli Zal

Location: 1 PENN at 1 Pennsylvania Plaza

Rainbow Railroad Website – CLICK

Tickets: CLICK


WORLD’S LARGEST GINGERBREAD VILLAGE – Essex Market on the Lower East Side

This year, Lovitch is making about 1,500 gingerbread houses, with 500 each going to displays in New York City, Salt Lake City and Kansas City.

The village includes precious details, like jelly bean roof tiles, candy cane decor and clever signs made out of icing.

It takes 1,000 pounds of gingerbread and 8,000 pounds of icing to create 1,500 gingerbread houses, along with the help of several hardworking dehumidifiers to keep everything dry.

Gingerbread Lane Website – CLICK

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 – 11:00-3:30 pm


Unfriendly ghosts should steer clear of Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Sunday, January 22 when the Better Chinatown Society lights hundreds of thousands of firecrackers to welcome the Year of the Rabbit and ward off evil spirits.

In addition to the pyrotechnics, there are lion dances and decorations giveaways, plus craft vendors and food booths where you can get your fill of traditional delicacies. It’s said that the more dumplings you eat at the celebration, the more money you’ll make in the year ahead, so come hungry.

Better Chinatown Website – CLICK



How long is Winter Village in the park?
The Rink and The Lodge are open through Sunday, March 5, 2023. The Holiday Shops close 4pm on Monday, January 2, 2023.

Are Igloos returning this year?
Yes, our Cozy Igloos AND our Curling Cafe will be back this season! Tickets are now available for Igloos and Curling Café.

What about Bumper Cars?
Bumper Cars usually return to The Rink In January, after the holidays. Stay tuned for more information!

Does Winter Village have a Christmas Tree and Tree Lighting show?
Yes, the Christmas Tree will be on the east side of the rink, and we will host a Tree Lighting show on Tuesday, November 29 at 6pm. Find more info and watch the livestream of the event here!

Winter Village Website – CLICK

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